C&D Zodiac Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
67 Reviews
2.9
67 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • People are leaving a few every month to go work for the old owner of C&D, I say good bye (in 5 reviews)

  • A great place if you're a recent grad (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management is typically promoted based on who they know, not what they know (in 6 reviews)

  • Very low pay and almost no raises to speak of (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mixed feeling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ZEO and Design full of new graduates.
    Good to earn experience for young people.
    Software are up to date: CATIA v5, AutoCAD...

    Cons

    Salary are low and increases do not happen often.
    Hourly wage is low but extra hours are high for hourly employee.
    Lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire when needed, do not exert your own employee for a meager salary of they will leave
    Further communication between departments is needed

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    C&D Zodiac

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice people. CATIA experience is valuable. FAA regulations are thorough, good practice for an engineer. Fun team building activities. If you went to CMU, UCSB, UCLA, you'll be hired on the spot, get a couple years experience as an engineer on your resume, and start applying elsewhere.

    Cons

    This company was sold in 2005 and has been in autopilot ever since. The upper management are riding out their careers until retirement, and all other positions are being standardized for ease of employee training and replacement. The new owners have profit goals which don't take into account the current marketplace/workplace. Profits are kept high by reducing costs, including freezing employee salary. This results in high turnover. Employees hired after 2005 rarely stay longer than 1-5 years. The older employees are stuck, but when they finally retire there will be no one to train the new hires. Zodiac will attempt to move all non-executive positions overseas before this happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of Zodiac's profit to invest back into the company. Higher pay would increase retention. More employees would result in deadlines met, and more time spent on opportunities for improvement. Promotion based on friendship over achievement is bad for moral. Reward overtime. Allow more position change requests. Get more involved with the programs. More accurate bonus assessment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I learned a lot in Aircraft Interiors for Business/Regional Jets

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fast, Flexible and Friendly. Quality and on-time delivery

    Cons

    None, same as other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good startup company to work with for freshers
    - Company allows us to make mistakes and learn from it
    - Family based work environment

    Cons

    - Less salary compared to smiliar companies around
    - Poor orgranization structure creates less chances promotions
    - Poor personal development guidance
    - Company benifits are OK
    - Lack of guidance from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Establish frequent one to one conversion with employee and help him/her with directing with their personal development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    hard word low pay and advancement

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Orange, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    a job in tough economy

    Cons

    cliquish, low pay, no advancement, nepotism and plagiarism. constant threats to employment, very hostile in many facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dream on unless you kiss up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good intro to the aerospace introduction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cabin and Structures  in  Marysville, WA
    Current Employee - Cabin and Structures in Marysville, WA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salary, good friends, a very stable company. Big on training, 5s, lean manufacturing, etc.

    Cons

    Management is slow to react to needs, below average salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more proactive and more flexible, realize the talents you have on all levels, not just your "chosen few".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Changing Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good for entry level engineers, you're tossed right into the thick of it and will gain experience right away.
    Up to date on engineering technology and regular hardware upgrades have occurred in recent years.

    Cons

    The fun/family atmosphere left with the previous owners. Salaries are low and difficult to get increased. There is a huge disconnect between upper management and the rest of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was nice to see the CEO, president, and partners walk around the facilities and get involved with employees when privately owned. I have only seen the current CEO once in a hallway and have never seen the current president.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good stepping stone company, moving up means moving on

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  La Palma, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in La Palma, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Environment here is interesting. There are many engineers under 30 and over 45, but not too many in between. People are very open and you'll make some good friends here. It is also a great environment to learn in because there is such high turnover rate, new employees are a regular.
    Benefits are average - health, dental, and visual with 401k
    Work/Life - they have a good program here (free lunch once a month) to have a guest speaker come in and talk about ways to improve your health. Depending on the program and your position, there may be times of a lot of down time where you come in and leave on time, giving you much time to go home and knock back a few beers.

    Cons

    Management has unreal expectations on timelines. There can be times where engineers are staying until midnight releasing drawinigs. This unfortunately is a self perpetuating style that management doesn't understand that you cannot compress a new project's timeline.
    Job roles undefined. There were some "Design Engineers" doing Project Engineer work while not getting proper pay or recognition. There is about as much structure as a caterpillar has bones.
    Questionable engineering practices. This company is good if you want to learn the basics of engineering and manufacturing but they don't use any real GD&T and everything is normalized to internal specs. There is no real engineering done here. It was surprising to learn how many people here (including project engineers) did not understand the concept of torque - why pushing a door at the knob side is significantly easier than at the hinge side.
    Pay. You start and end at what you're offered. I've been here two years and have received a total of $0 bonus and $0 pay raise. Its unfortunate that their belief is that hiring fresh out of college engineers is cheaper than retaining current employees. Avg turnover is 1-2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees a bonus/raise to keep them from finding new jobs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Diverse Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    An energetic, fast paced environment creates a wealth of opportunity to gain valuable experience.
    Moving between departments and locations to take your life and career in a different direction is supported.

    Cons

    At times, the workload is demanding, and over the work-life balance line.
    There are cultural challenges associated with ownership by a French aerospace conglomerate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to the management and development of the people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unorganized company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer  in  Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are the only good thing

    Cons

    Unorganized, for as long as this company has been around you would think they would have some kind of process. Zodiac needs to work on their planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on getting your planning and engineering to work together so everyone else is running around crazy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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